what nutrition coach is

What is a nutrition coach and how they can help you

July 28. 2021

With so many diets developed so far, and new ones appearing as well, it seems as if everyone can look up the internet and select the one they like the most. You can either type in your weight goal, the time you’re willing to dedicate to achieve it, health conditions that may impact your diet choice, etc. Although the internet is helpful in numerous ways, it can sometimes offer too many different opinions and confuse dieters rather than help them. 

Moreover, we’re all unique, which means that one diet can do wonders for someone you know but not work for you at all. Also, some people find it easy to start a diet and stay persistent until they achieve their goal. On the other hand, some people find it so difficult to make the first step; they spend years or decades before shredding down those extra pounds. 

Thankfully, people willing to dedicate themselves to achieve their weight goal can nowadays consult professionals, such as doctors, nutritionists, and nutrition coaches. In case you’re looking to find out what a nutrition coach is, stay tuned, and find out how their work slightly differs from the other ones in a way that many people find appealing.

What is a nutrition coach?

For instance, many people confuse nutrition coaches with nutritionists. And although both of them are involved with their patients’ nutrition, their jobs are not the same. Nutritionists study nutrition to a degree level, while nutrition coaches don’t need to. They both can work in non-clinical settings, but their engagement in a patient’s progress typically varies significantly, which is one of the main differences between them. A nutrition coach is a knowledgeable advisor who provides ongoing guidance and support to his patients on their weight loss journeys. On the other hand, doctors and nutritionists can also provide valuable information regarding one’s nutrition. Still, they typically don’t have the time or the resources to motivate and guide individuals looking to develop a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

It’s not uncommon that people start working out and accompany their exercise regimen with their diet of choice. And although this sounds like a weight-loss-dream-combo, it doesn’t always provide the results you’re looking for. The reason for that is that there is much more to losing weight than just dieting and exercising; your health condition, unique body, stress level, hormones, and several other things significantly impact your overall well-being. No one expects you to master all these categories by yourself, but you can make an effort into understanding how your body works and what it needs by consulting a nutrition coach. By communicating with you, they’ll be able to conclude what exactly triggers your weight gain and what you should do to prevent it, lose the unwanted (and unhealthy) pounds, and develop long-term healthy habits that won’t leave you feeling miserable. Moreover, you’ll be able to build a healthy relationship with food and sustain your goals in the long run virtually effortlessly. 

How can a nutrition coach help you?

Nutrition coaches assist their clients with every step of a sustainable and healthy weight-loss process, filling the gap between their desire to be happy and actually being happy. They offer a personalized approach to all of their clients and are therefore able to provide support and guidance to anyone wandering in this world that’s over-flooded with contradictory information regarding nutrition and dieting. Certified nutrition coaches don’t follow the same pattern when advising their clients but rather listen carefully to one’s needs and find the most suitable and healthy way to lose weight. Moreover, they make sure their client stays motivated and happy while adopting healthy habits. Here’s what a certified nutrition coach can do for you:

  • Calculate your caloric needs,
  • Teach you about healthy portion sizes,
  • Teach you to read food labels,
  • Calculate your macronutrient ratios,
  • Help you dispel nutrition fallacies and myths,
  • Discuss various diets and their pros and cons (for example, they can teach you how to maintain weight loss after hCG diet),
  • Teach you about the health benefits of different types of food,
  • Provide you with general guidance and evaluate your eating plans,
  • Perform dietary assessments and body composition.

Final thoughts

You are probably familiar with at least a dozen different diets that promise a quick and sustainable weight loss. Although some of them are more successful than the others, most of them only provide a temporary solution, after which your pounds start creeping up back on you. Not only does this process get on your nerves, but it’s also highly unhealthy to keep going on and off of fad diets. To prevent possible health issues and the lack of motivation to achieve your weight goal, it’s essential to become familiar with nutrition and learn about your specific needs. A nutrition coach can be your best companion during this process, as they will also put their effort into keeping you happy, satisfied, and motivated along the way. Keep in mind that it’s always best to seek help from a knowledgeable person rather than wander around, not knowing whose nutrition advice to trust and who you can rely on. 

Now that you know what a nutrition coach is, you may start looking for yours; if you need additional information regarding the subject, feel free to contact our Chicago weight loss clinic.

Nurse Walton


Nurse Walton

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Chanay received her Practical Nurse licensure and went to work in clinical specialties such as Home Health, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care and Dialysis Centers. Through this work, she realized the importance of diet, nutrition and weight loss among her patients. This led her to open A Better Weigh, Inc. Medical Weight Loss Center in 2009.

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